Tracy Taddey, DDS | John Taddey, DDS
Sedation and Comfort Dentistry In La Jolla
Making a patient comfortable begins with a friendly warm greeting and an environment that allays fear.
We offer Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen which is also called Laughing Gas.
We offer medications that are useful for example oral Valium.
Fun devices can distract the patients attention. if you wish you can use your iPhone.
We have an experienced caring staff, a peaceful dental environment and confident doctors that all focus on making your visit non threatening.
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FOLLOWS:
Conscious Sedation is defined as a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal command and that is produced by pharmacological or nonpharmacologic method or combination thereof.
Sedation Dentistry, sometimes called Relaxation Dentistry, refers to the way dentist's manage Pain and Anxiety during dental appointments.
Unlike General Anesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond, patients under Conscious Sedation, are able to respond to commands and breath on their own.
Inhalation Conscious Sedation
Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen ("laughing gas") has been used as the most frequent and primary means of Sedation used in Dentistry for many years. 35% of all US dentists offer Nitrous Oxide Sedation to their patients.
Advantages or Dental Inhalation Sedation:
- Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
- Rapid Onset
- Flexible duration can be used for any appointment length
- Absolute Control. It is easy to quickly control the level of sedation which may be altered moment to moment.
- People recover quickly
- Very few side effects
- There is an analgesic effect
- You can drive yourself to and from your dental appointment
- You can return to normal activities immediately
Disadvantages of Dental Inhalation Sedation:
What medications are used for Dental Inhalation Sedation?
- Severe anxiety may require a deeper level of sedation
- Not indicated for people who have respiratory problems (Asthma and Emphysema)
- Claustrophobic patients do not like anything covering their nose
- Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
- Oxygen (O2)
The safety features of the machine insure a patient receives no less than 30% Oxygen mixed with Nitrous Oxide. Usually the patient receives 50 to 70% Oxygen.
This Oral Medication used for Oral Conscious Sedation in dentistry are from a group of drugs known as Benzodiazapines. Not only do these medications have a sedative effect they also have some degree of amnesic effect for most people. Patients remember little or nothing about their dental appointment.
Advantages to Dental Oral Sedation:
Disadvantages of Dental Oral Sedation:
- Easy to administer: Swallow a small pill
- It is safe and easy to monitor
- Works well for most people
- Low Cost
What medications are used for Dental Oral Sedation?
- The level of Sedation is not easily changed
- Someone must drive you to and from your dental appointment
- There is no analgesic (pain relief effect)
- Halcion provides a deep level of relaxation and amnesia effect.
- For children the most common medication is Versed (Medazolan) which is a liquid.
Halcion and Versed are reserved for the severely anxious patients and they are best treated by specialists in a full anesthesia setting.